GPS Training

This week’s training was GPS. Though we still use and rely on compasses and maps, GPS can be really helpful in searches and rescue, especially for tracking a team’s path. Thanks to Steve for the training!

Emergency kits

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Western Australia (WA) is a vast state with a wonderful climate and lifestyle.

However, natural hazards such as bushfire, storm, cyclone and flood are an inevitable part of our WA landscape.

Natural hazards can be swift and unpredictable often impacting the community with devastating consequences.

Having an emergency kit is an important step to prepare and protect your household for unforeseen events.

Domestic pets need to be prepared for emergencies too. If you are a pet owner consider having a plan for you pets too and prepare a pet emergency kit.

For owners of livestock and other animals see DFES Animal Welfare.

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/animalwelfare/Pages/default.aspx

Click here to see more about emergency kits.

Emergency kit

 

Storm season arrives- are you ready?

Ses riders of the storm

‘Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

Each year from May to October, storms, including, tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds impact Western Australia (WA) causing major destruction to the southern half of WA, from Kalbarri to Israelite Bay.

As storms are unpredictable, felt locally and happen in smaller areas their devastating impact is often underestimated.

Storms not only cause damage to homes, property and businesses, they also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment.

The financial and community cost can be lessened with better planning and by preparing your home and family to stay safe and reduce the damage.

This includes securing or removing loose material from around their home or work, finding safe shelter during a storm, driving safely during heavy rain and staying away from powerlines and flooded areas after a storm.

To keep informed about the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.’ (DFES)

Click on the link below to download the pamphlet:
DFES_Storm-Prepare

or visit the DFES site:
http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/storm/Pages/default.aspx

For information on emergency preparedness, emergency plans and kits visit the ‘community’ section of our website:
http://cockburnses.org.au/community/emergency-preparedness-for-people/

 

In the news: ‘Got your back’

Eddie Aiken (left) and Michael Osenbaugh (Right) at the Hamilton Hill RSL

SES members and returned service men Eddie Aiken (left) and Michael Osenbaugh (Right) at the Hamilton Hill RSL for ANZAC day commemorations.

In the news: ‘Got your back’ is a Fremantle Herald article about supporting our returned service personnel. Returned service man Michael Osenbaugh helps provide insight on what it is like to returnfrom conflict and the integration back in to normal life. Michael is also a member of our SES unit. A brave article.

Follow the link below to read the article:

http://heraldonlinejournal.com/2014/04/24/got-your-back/

In the news: Cockburn SES helps search for missing plane

May Bowser and Paul Neville at the Cockburn SES base.

May Bowser and Paul Neville at the Cockburn SES base.

This week, the Community Newspaper features a story on two Cockburn SES members,  May Bowser and Paul Neville and their search efforts in the recently missing Malaysian Airflight M370.

Follow the link below to read the article:

http://cockburn.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Intense-search-worth-the-effort/7659187/